Niamh O'Sullivan | Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-Soprano

Niamh O'Sullivan

The First Child, Werther

Biography

Irish mezzo-soprano Niamh O’Sullivan, praised for her “bewitchingly beautiful, dark vibrant voice” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin under Dr Veronica Dunne. She was a member of the opera studio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich from 2016 to 2018, and her numerous Munich engagements include Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, the Secretary in Menotti’s The Consul, Flora in Verdi’s La traviata and Barena in Janáček’s Jenůfa. She also travelled with the company to Carnegie Hall, New York, for a concert performance of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier conducted by Kirill Petrenko. Other appearances include her 2018 Irish National Opera debut as Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Third Maid in Strauss’s Elektra, Asteria in Vivaldi’s Bajazet and Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen for INO, and Cousser’s The Universal Applause of Mount Parnassus at the Wigmore Hall with Ensemble Marsyas under Peter Whelan. In concert, she performed Elgar’s Sea Pictures at the Prinzregententheater as part of the Munich Festspiele in July 2019 and sang both Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah with the Münchner Hofkantorei; she has also performed Cain in Alessandro Scarlatti’s oratorio Il primo omicidio. She made her Wexford Festival Opera debut as Paulina in Goldmark’s Ein Wintermarchen, returning as Mirza in Felicien David’s Lalla Roukh, and her Zurich Opera debut as Wellgunde in Wagner’s Das Rheingold. She also created the role of Alva in Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s The First Child at the Dublin Theatre Festival.

April 2023

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